Justin picked up 2 kilos of Yirgacheffe coffee beans during his travels. He plopped the big bag on the counter and announced that we needed to roast them ourselves. My initial thought was to find someone in town who can roast them for us, but Justin insisted that if Ethiopians can do it, so can we.
And he's right, we found a great tutorial online for roasting your own coffee beans at home on the stove. It's simple and straight forward.
We started with a cup of green coffee beans, which smell delightfully like chocolate.
|green Yirgacheffe beans|
|starting to brown first crack|
|the shucks from the roasted beans|
The bottom line is that we may not win any coffee tasting awards. The roast was uneven and maybe a tad underdone, but it reinforced the lesson that I've been learning here in Ethiopia. Homemade is superior-almost every time. Sometimes things (like roasted coffee beans) seem mysteriously complex in theory but in reality it's very basic, even easy! It's such a nice revelation to have. You don't need a fancy drum or temperature gauge; just a pot and a heat source. Ethiopians have been roasting coffee beans like this forever, and now, so are we!